Did you know our birth as a human has a 1 in 14 million chance of happening? My birth was an even bigger miracle. My parents had 2 kids five years before I was born and they were done. I wasn't on their family planning plan. I guess I was meant to come into this world. In fact when my Mom went into labor, it was too late to get here to the hospital, but luckily my aunt who happened to be an OB/GYN delivered me at home, crazy right? If that's not enough, I was born blue and my aunt had to literally breathe air into me to get me to cry.
I was born in India, but my family moved to Dubai when I was 2-3 yrs old. I went to school in Dubai and finally moved to the United States about 23 years ago after marrying my husband. I studied textile designing, worked as a banker, started a photography business and ended up as a fitness coach. I have been adapting for longer than I can remember.
I was 5 yrs old when I had a tonsillectomy and that's when I began to gain weight. I didn't realize at the moment that this would become a lifelong struggle. The weight gain taught me about guilt, shame and did a number on my self worth and self esteem. I get struggle firsthand!
I joined my first gym called "Slim n Trim" when I was 16, and my first diet came soon after, I tried the GE diet, the Watermelon diet, Slim fast, Atkins, Weight watchers, South beach, etc. But each time I lost weight, I gained it all back (with interest). Of course, my emotions went along for the roller coaster ride each time. I'd lose the weight, feel good, get my hopes up high, and then invariably gain the weight back and feel frustrated and lost again. I never stopped trying!
In 2013, I decided I was done with this roller coaster, I decided I would never try another diet again and just eat as clean as I knew and workout as best as I could. But in December 2013, I was at my heaviest EVER and out of sheer frustration at not having anything to wear for a NYE party, I joined a 30 day challenge with a friend and it changed the way I looked at fitness forever.
I won the challenge and went on to lose 80 lbs in the next 10 months with the help of some amazing coaches. These coaches helped me change my mindset around nutrition and exercise. They saw me as a human being, treated me as a person, encouraged me and celebrated my smallest wins with me.
I began to feel empowered as I broke through multiple barriers and went on to do box jumps, 5Ks, spartan and mud races, something I never thought I could do. I went from a size 14/16 to size 0/2 and became unstoppable.
I realized that the biggest transformation happened in my mindset. I began to see my worth and regain my confidence. I believed in myself and became addicted to progress. I loved how it felt to break barriers and conquer my fears. I found my inner warrior and became unstoppable.
Paying it forward:
I knew right away that I had stumbled onto something HUGE and I had to pay it forward. I decided to study more and learn everything I could about the science and psychology behind food, exercise and mindset.
I got my NASM certifications: CPT, CES, Precision Nutrition Coach certification and decided to dedicate my life to empowering women with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration to get in the best shape of their live and fall in love with their bodies.
When I'm not coaching clients or leading empowerment workshops, I can be found hanging out with my boys at the pool or the beach. I am a personal growth junkie and love discussing mindset and self improvement topics. Summer is my favorite season and the beach is my happy place.